The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways has launched the application period for its 2018-2019 Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).
“Pennsylvania’s vibrant rail freight network serves as an economic development catalyst, which translates into jobs and a healthy economy,” Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Our grant programs reflect the commonwealth’s commitment to preserve and improve the rail freight transportation network.”
The state is ranked first in the country for its number of operating railroads, with 64, and ranks near the top in total track mileage for its more than 5,600 miles.
During the most recent grant period, the department awarded $32 million for 27 rail freight projects, officials said.
PennDOT manages two grant programs. RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded through bonds, while RFAP is underwritten through the Multimodal Fund, created by Act 89.
Eligible organizations may apply for funding through either program. Applications for both programs will be available on the bureau’s website until Aug. 30, 2018.